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Public Works Recap: Bus Ticket Bylaw and New Buses

The Public Works Committee met on November 16th, 2015 with two transit related items on the agenda.

The first transit item on the agenda was a request from staff for permission to draft a bylaw prohibiting the reselling of HSR bus tickets. The committee approved the staff report and directed staff to report back to committee by February 2016 with a draft of the proposed bylaw. The second items on the agenda was a request for pre-approval for the budget to purchase the replacement and expansion buses. The cost was previously approved with the Ten Year Local Transit Strategy but required the go ahead from council to go forward with the tender.

You can see the exerpt from the report below.

First Enhanced A-LINE & B-LINE Amenities to be Built by Years End

After numerous delays, construction of the first of the brand new enhanced transit shelters is now on track. The project is two years behind schedule but the first phase of the project is planned to be completed by the end of the year.

In May 2013 the city gave the go ahead to begin the process on these amenities, aiming for the full roll out of the shelters for December 2013. An update earlier in the year had shifted the timeline for the first phase to be completed by the Spring of this year. Construction is now targeted for next month.

“We have experienced some further delays with the Shelter Manufacturer and the negotiation of the contract,” stated Trevor Horzelenberg in an email on Thursday afternoon. Horzelenberg, who is now the senior project manager for Light Rail Transit Coordination, also noted that the other locations are planned to be installed next spring.

CP Holiday Train Detours November 30th, 2015


The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be stopping for a very brief visit to the Hamilton area on Monday, November 30th, 2015. The CP Holiday Train is decorated with thousands of Christmas Lights and supports local food banks. As a result of the train visit, the following roads will be closed to all traffic for several hours, from approximately 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM:

  • Gage Avenue between Cumberland Avenue and Lawrence Road
  • Lawrence Road between Gage Avenue and Ottawa Street

The train is scheduled to arrive at 7:45 PM with the event taking place between 8:00 PM and 8:40 PM.

Waterdown Santa Claus Parade Detours 18 WATERDOWN on November 28th


The 2015 Waterdown Santa Claus parade will be held on Saturday, November 28th, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The parade will assemble on Hamilton Street at John Street. The parade will depart at 6:30 pm and will proceed south on Hamilton, east on Dundas Street (Highway # 5), north on Main Street, west on Parkside Drive, and south on Hamilton Street to Waterdown Memorial Park.

As a result of the parade, the following road closures will be in effect from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM:

  • Parkside Drive from Braeheid Avenue to Mill Street
  • Centre Road from Concession # 5 East to Parkside Drive
  • Hamilton Street from Parkside Drive to Dundas Street
  • Dundas Street from Hamilton Street to Main Street
  • Main Street from Dundas Street to Parkside Drive

In an effort to maintain the scheduled GO Station departures times as best as possible, two different detour routes will be operated along with a special timetable from approximately 5:30 PM to the end of service. If you are travelling from the GO Station, make sure you ride the appropriate detour that services the side of Waterdown you are travelling to.

Ottawa Street Closure Detours 41 MOHAWK November 25th – 26th


Effective Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at 9:00am until Thursday, November 26, 2015 at approximately 5:00pm, Ottawa Street from just north of Beach Road to Burlington Street will be closed due to railroad track repairs. As a result, Route 41 MOHAWK northbound trips via Ottawa will be on a diversion during this time. The southbound trips and the Kenilworth Avenue trips will not be affected by this diversion.

Route 41 MOHAWK will be detoured as follows:

2015 Hamilton Santa Clause Parade HSR Detours – November 21st


The 2015 Hamilton Santa Claus parade will be held on Saturday, November 21st, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. The parade will assemble on Cannon Street between Bay and Queen and on Queen Street, between York and King, with the road closures starting at 12:00 PM.

At 1:45 PM, the parade will leave York and Queen and travel south on Queen to Main. The official start of the parade is at the intersection of Queen and Main at 2:00 PM and the parade will continue east on Main, north on John, west on King Street (north side) and north on Bay. The parade will disperse on Bay between King and York at approximately 4:30 PM.

As a result of the parade, the following road closures and times will be in effect:

  • Cannon Street between Bay and Queen between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM
  • Queen Street between York and Main between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
  • Bay Street between Cannon and Main between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
  • Main Street between Queen and John between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
  • John Street between Main and King between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.
  • King Street between Cathorine and Bay between 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

Chatham Closure Detours 7 LOCKE on November 18th


Effective Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 from approximately 9 am to 3 pm, Chatham Street from Dundurn Street to Locke Street will be closed due to construction. As a result, route 7 LOCKE buses travelling eastbound will need to be detoured. The westbound routing of 7 LOCKE will not be affected by the construction.

During this time route 7 LOCKE will be detoured as follows:

When will HSR get on board with Social Media?

At Monday’s Public Works meeting Councillor Collins posed the question to HSR staff when the city’s public transit system would bridge the gap with social media, specifically Facebook or Twitter. Collins also noted that the city is relying on individuals within the community who take it upon themselves to bridge the gap.

Thanks for the shout out, Chad!

Transit Director David Dixon stated that getting on board with social media is part of the ten year transit strategy and this would begin soon.

“We are within a few months of going to Twitter,” Dixon stated at the Public Works meeting.

6 ABERDEEN Detoured November 15th for Hanukkah Hustle Running Race


Macklin Street will be closed for the Hanukkah Hustle Running Race on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Macklin Street from King Street to Longwood Road will be closed during this time.

As a result, route 6 ABERDEEN will be using the Princess Point Loop to turn around to travel north and south on Longwood.

During this time route 6 ABERDEEN will be detoured as follows:

2015 Remembrance Day Detours – Dundas


The Royal Canadian Legion is hosting the Dundas Remembrance Day Parade. The parade will start at the Fire Hall in Memorial Square. It will leave the Hall at 10:30 am and proceed north on Memorial Square and west on King Street West to the Cenotaph. After a small service, the parade will proceed west on King Street West to the Legion Hall, east of Peel. The parade will arrive at the Hall at approximately 11:45 am.

King Street West in Dundas will be closed to all traffic between Memorial Square and Peel Street.

The 5 DELAWARE detours are as follows below: